A special thanks goes out to everyone who popped in and helped make our recent Try Sailing Hospital Fund Raiser a great success with the club raising over $800.00 on the day which is the highest amount ever raised for this worthy cause.
8.30 am Sunday Juniors
Well what a day last sunday was with only 8 people booked in a 19 turning up it was surely a a hectic morning . Firstly we had four boats out of action with broken fittings and sails being repaired so scott was looking for spare masts and sails while Charlie was running around drilling holes and replacing screws and rivets but luckily we just had enough boats to get everyone on the water . Conditions were just right with sunny skies and wind around 4-6 knots from the s/e so the guys set a nice reach so that even the first timers sailing with our instructors had a great introduction to sailing . There were a couple of changes with Torsen having to show his skills in an effort to advance to 10.30 youth training and yes he showed that his tacking and gybing and general sailing were up to standard to advance . We also gave Hallie ( wetsuit ) a chance at sailing a Open Bic which of course she was very nervous about at first but with the help of Jade and Taylah she actually got the hang of Bic sailing pretty fast even if there was the odd capsize along the way and yes it was one very happy sailor who returned to the beach at the end of the session.
10.30 Youth Training
With Tristan back from overseas it was great to see him back sailing with the group even if he was a bit rusty .
We started with a briefing to discuss how to resume sailing after a downwind capsize as we had a few issues with this just recently so hopefully from now on they will have a better grasp of how to avoid more capsizes ? so whats the secret well its all to do with angles but you will have to join youth training to find out !
For on water we used the 8.30 am juniors marks which seems a bit simple but it was actually again about angles mainly close reach to broad reach sail sets and body position . I was personally impressed with the bearaway mark with Zack , Laya and Tristan dropping main sheet to flatten the boat in the bearaways creating more acceleration and then sheeting on to tack and come back close reaching maintainin good boat speed . The two top sailors in Jade and Dan were sent of to practice upwinds and downwinds with a minimum of 6 gybes on the downwind which we had to watch and count as counting gybes seemed to be a problem at first but once charlie go on their case so well done everyone .
Open Racing starts 5/2/2023
Sail GP Information day 11/2/2023
Innagural Youth Racing starts on sunday the 12th of February
CU on the water